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Education Guide: 2021-22

Written by Bianca kirschner

Schools, Daycares, & Preschools in Jersey City

Picking the best school to send your child to can be stressful. With all of the options available, you want to make sure you make the right choice! Below is a list of private schools, charter schools, public schools, and daycares in Jersey City & Hoboken! We also provide a few after-school and summer camp resources! Schools Daycares Preschools Jersey City


In the United States, public schools are divided into districts. Districts can include one city or town, but other districts are made up of many towns and cities. Not sure where your local school is located within your district? No worries, you can check the New Jersey School Directory. All public schools are free because they are reliant on federal, state, and local tax dollars. By law, public schools must accept every child in their district, but this does not mean your child will get into the school you choose.

Students must be residents of Jersey City and meet the enrollment eligibility. Children must be four years old by October 1st. The Pre-K Dual Language classrooms are configured so that half of the 15 students (7/8) speak English and the other half (7/8) speak Spanish. The Pre-K Dual Language Program is available in 4 Jersey City Schools, including PS #3, #5, #6, and #30.
Pre-K Dual  Language registration process usually takes place between February and March. Applications can be picked up from the Early Childhood Department at 346 Claremont Avenue here in Jersey City, the Early Childhood webpage, and public schools. Once completed, applications can be submitted by hand, certified mail, or email. Students who are not chosen will be placed on a waiting list and per their lottery number and they can apply for other schools, daycares, and preschools in Jersey City.

The following are the steps that parents needed to complete during registration. Ensuring you check individual school requirements for each of the requirements can change and vary from school to school.
Get a copy of the school’s registration form.
Answer the district’s health questionnaire less than 12 months before the start of the school year. If you require support with health insurance, you may qualify for New Jersey Family Care. New Jersey Family Care is also available to qualify legal immigrants. You can reach them online or by calling 1-800-701-0710.
Child Immunization from an NJ doctor or recognized health authority from your last place of residency.
A copy of your child’s last school report from your last place of residency, if applicable.
Four proofs of residency. These include a utility bill, apartment lease, valid driver’s license or notarized affidavit.
The child’s original birth certificate. A passport alone will not be accepted. If original documents have not been translated to English, they should have an English translation provided by a reputable translator.
Two emergency contacts for school records.


Private schools are autonomous, which allows them to have the freedom to offer religious education and/or curriculum apart from the regulated state standards. Private schools also depend on their own funding, which may come from intuition, grants, donations, and endowments. Private schools are not required to accept every child that applies. But there are many more schools,  daycares, and preschools in Jersey City that you can apply to.
The private school admission process usually starts about 12 months before enrollment.
Open House is held in the fall for parents and potential students to visit the school and learn about the program. Parents should receive a Pre-Application during the open house, and it should be completed with a non-refundable direct deposit covering an interview/evaluation with the child.
Families are notified of admissions by an acceptance letter mailed to the family. Letters usually arrive in March.
Families are required to respond within one week of receiving an acceptance letter. To secure space, a contract needs to be signed and non-refundable and registration fees paid.


Similar to traditional public schools, charter schools are free. However, paces are often limited. Charter schools are independently run, and for-profit private companies operate some. A school’s ability to remain often depends on the school’s management and the students’ performance. Usually, charter schools tend to be smaller schools resulting in smaller class sizes. All charter schools hold lotteries for admission.
Two application rounds for charter schools – March and October.
The application process is conducted in two phases.

Toddler Program: must be 2 years old by Oct 1st.
Transitional Three’s Program: must be turning 3 years old between Oct 2nd – Dec 31st.
Pre-K 3: must be 3 years old by Oct 1st.
Pre-K 4: must be 4 years old by Oct 1st.
Kindergarten: must be 5 years old by Oct 1st.


The Brunswick School
189 Brunswick St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 420-1550

The Brunswick School encourages its students to think and learn by utilizing various brain parts to become holistic learners. Loosely based on The Creative Curriculum, The Brunswick School educators use a diverse approach to educate our youth that encompasses logical/abstract thinking, creative outlets to fasten fundamental ideas, hands-on, student-driven exploration, teacher-guided large group and small group instruction to provide a comprehensive curriculum for lifelong learners.

Smart Start Academy
Learning Centers: Phone: (201) 461-6363 – Various Locations

Smart Start Academy is dedicated to bringing the best environment for learning and creativity to each student. Their full-day programs have a curriculum that works to meet every learning style that nurtures every aspect of a child- the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social aspects.

Ivy Primary Prep
675 Monmouth St, Jersey City, NJ 07310 – Phone: 201-743-9190

Ivy Primary Prep is an early childhood education center catering to ages 18 months through 6 years. The center focuses on primary learning and early childhood development, offering academically focused programs. Ivy Primary Prep takes an innovative approach to the development of the whole student by emphasizing a curriculum that includes physical, social, and emotional components. The teaching method revolves around interactive and workshop-based lesson plans. To foster an academically challenging environment and maximize student-teacher engagement, each classroom is capped at 10 students.
Ivy Primary Prep is not a school adjusting to COVID, but a new facility built and structured during COVID with the health and safety of Little Ivies, staff, and community always being top priority.

The Waldo School
110 1st St. Jersey City, NJ – Phone: 201-721-6000

Located in the heart of the Waldo section of the Jersey City Waterfront, World of ABC, The Waldo School sets the standard for leading private education. Founded and currently owned by Jersey City native Daniela Sarbu, students are encouraged to explore and flourish while discovering and developing new talents within the framework of the International Baccalaureate curriculum approach. Our students are inspired to grow as individuals, with no child forced to ascribe to one specific mold, through equal emphasis on all disciplines and opportunities to explore concepts at his or her own pace. With grades preschool through 8th, students will grow with us each year!

Franklin High School
88 Town Square Place, Jersey City, NJ – Phone: 201-234-4781

Hamilton Park Montessori
1 McWilliams Pl, Jersey City, NJ – Phone: (201) 533-1910

BelovED Community Charter School
508 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ – Phone: 201-630-4700

BelovED Community Charter School is a top performing Public Charter School offering grades K-12.
The education model at the heart of BelovED wraps values and character development protocols, rooted in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s concept of the “Beloved Community,” around the most sustainable and scalable best-practices of America’s top-performing charter school operators.
Each year we open applications between October 15 and January 15 for the following school year and hold our lottery in January.  Thereafter applicants are placed on a wait list in the order they apply.  To learn more about Beloved and to apply, please go to

Mustard School
Willow Avenue, Hoboken, NJ 07030- Phone: 201-653-5548

Adventures in Learning
2 Montgomery Street, Jersey City – Phone: 201-683-8411

The Scandinavian School of Jersey City
210 9th St, Jersey City, NJ – Phone: 201-420-8111

Bright Horizons
152 Plaza 3, Jersey City, NJ – Phone: 201-661-2696

Tessa International School
720 Monroe St Suite E105-106, Hoboken, NJ – Phone: 201-755-5585


British Swim School
389 Washington St, #31K – Phone: (201) 676-3630

The British Swim School has been teaching water survival and swims lessons to over 13,000 nationwide. Babies from 3 months old to adults have the opportunity to participate in classes all over Hudson County.

AlphaMinds Academy
225 Morris Blvd Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 844-8535

AlphaMinds Academy is an enrichment program that provides students of all ages and abilities the chance to pursue academic interests in an engaging and creative atmosphere.
For the school year 2021-22, we offer in-person and online classes.For in-person classes, AlphaMinds Academy follows all Covid-related precautions as mandated by the state of NJ and CDC.  For online classes, AlphaMinds Academy offers a full range of academic enrichment classes, adapted and improved for online learning. The program has been teaching online classes to great success amongst students and parents since March 2020. Classes are taught live, via Zoom, in small-group settings. Private groups/pods and private lessons are available upon request.
Our after-school, weekend, and summer courses offer an academically stimulating, supportive environment for learning. Enthusiastic instructors, most with advanced degrees in their specialties, are experts in engaging each student’s natural curiosity and desire to explore the world. Whether your child is looking for extra help in a subject or advanced instruction beyond what their school can offer, AlphaMinds Academy provides students with the tools and confidence to thrive!
Our program includes:
Logic classes (ages 3-5) and mathematics classes (grades K-8)
Chess program for grades pre-K through 8
Coding program for grades 2-10
ELA (Reading & Essay Writing)
Also offered is a Russian Language Immersion Program for ages 1-15

Camp Riverbend
116 Hillcrest Rd, Warren, NJ 07059, – Phone: 908-580-2267

Luna De Papel
321 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304
Luna de Papel (paper moon) is a crafting workshop. They offer crafting and DIY classes and workshops for adults and children of all ages. It is a place where all can test the bounds of their imagination in an environment you can enjoy. They also have a ton of after-school programs.

Village Tree House
119 Monroe Street, Hoboken , NJ

Fastrack – Languages
78 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ – Phone: 718-825-6598

Updated on November 2021

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